NOVA News & Notes – – June 29, 2017



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Registration for NOVA's 2017 Fall Conference is Now OPEN! Register NOW to Receive the Discounted Early-Bird Rate!

The NOVA Conference will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. In addition, your time may be credited to your jurisdiction’s CLE requirements.

Click HERE to register before July 28 to get the discounted EARLY BIRD RATE!

The conference includes a one-day Basic Session scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2017. The Fall Conference, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14, is filled with a wide array of interesting and informative topics and presenters. For detailed descriptions of the sessions, please check out our 2017 Fall Conference Brochure.

The NOVA 2017 Fall Conference will be held at the TradeWinds Island Resort in St. Pete Beach, FL. The NOVA Room Block Rate is $185 plus tax, per night, single or double occupancy, and is available two days prior and two days after the conference based upon room availability. Room reservations must be made by September 10, 2017 for this rate to be honored. Please book your room online HERE or call 1-800-808-9833 and make sure to refer to the NOVA 2017 Fall Conference, to obtain the special group rate. Please book your hotel room early as space is limited and the block often fills before the deadline. 

Click HERE for more information! We look forward to seeing you in St. Pete Beach!

Upcoming NOVA Webinar - Business Series Part IV: How to Manage Your Growing Practice - Register Today!

NOVA will hold its next webinar – How to Manage Your Growing Practice – on Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 2PM ET. Many advocates new to VA practice take a “Field of Dreams” approach to growing their firm: “If you practice, veterans will come.” Without a realistic marketing plan, you can find yourself with too many cases and clients. It often takes three years to win your client’s case, and it is easy to end up with a docket of cases that limit your ability to grow your practice and experience.

In Installment #4 of the “New Practitioner Business Webinar Series,” Chris Attig will show you how to create a law firm marketing plan that will help you find the right clients and cases to build a successful law practice - on the shoe-string budget of a new VA law practice. Attig | Steel, PLLC has represented veterans at all levels of the VA claims process since 2007. Joining NOVA in 2010, Chris has become a regular presenter at NOVA conferences, and serves on the Board of Directors. He has also instructed Veterans in “DIY” claims preparation through his popular Veterans Law Blog and his series of Veterans Law eBooks and Training Videos.

To register for this webinar, please click HERE.

NOVA 2017 Spring Conference Videos Now Available to Purchase on NOVA's Website – BUY NOW!

The presentations from NOVA's 2017 Spring Conference in San Antonio are now available for purchase as a package and select videos are offered individually.

Click HERE to Buy Now!

NOVA Welcomes New and Returning Members for June 2017

NOVA would like to welcome the following members to the NOVA community.  We look forward to meeting you and working with you to help better serve our nations’ veterans:

Alexandra Srsic – Bay Area Legal Services, Inc.; Tampa, FL
Edwin Olsen – The Florida Veterans’ Medical and Legal Center; Miami, FL
Louis Hansen – San Diego Christian Legal Aid; Carlsbad, CA
Sandra Van Zeeland – Wisconsin Department of VA; Milwaukee, WI
Seth Albin- Albin Law; Clayton, MO
Alec Ghezzi – Vietnam Veterans of America; Washington, DC
Sarah Megan – Prairie State Legal Services; St. Charles, IL
Kimberly Bishop - The Bishop Law Firm; Raleigh, NC
William Sims - Advocate; New Braunfels, Texas